When does the new England captaincy begin?
We’ll have our first glimpse of Joe Root’s new England side when the first match of the Ashes series is played on Sunday.
The 25-year-old former captain will be hoping to add a Test match to his CV after the team’s second Ashes series loss to New Zealand.
He has played three Tests and six ODIs for the team, which won the series 3-0 in Brisbane, and will be leading his side in the second Test in Adelaide on Monday.
Root’s England team is led by the new batsman Jonny Bairstow, who has been selected to captain his side.
Root has been named captain by his England coach, Chris Rogers, since the series started.
The New Zealanders captain, Brendon McCullum, is the other uncapped member of the team.
But Root, who started the series in the first innings against New Zealand and batted in the last, is expected to take charge in the opening match of this series, the second one at home against Australia.
England will play a two-Test series against the West Indies in Sydney on August 4.
Root will also be playing in the final of the Caribbean Cricket League.
Ahead of the series, Root’s fellow captains and players also discussed their thoughts ahead of the start of the third Test, which will take place on Sunday, August 5.
“The one thing I think we have to do is put everything into the game to try and win this series,” Root said.
“We need to give everything, we need to put everything we’ve got into this.”
That’s one of the things we’ve always done and that’s why we’re still in the team.
“New Zealand has been looking to bounce back from their disastrous run of form in the series and a 4-0 defeat to England in Adelaide in February was a blow for the hosts.
England had won the previous two series against New Guinea and South Africa, but have struggled in the three tests they have played this series.
Root, Bairsto and McCullum will be expected to lead the way in this series against Australia, and have been working hard for this chance to get back on track.
The team will be on a roll, they have a lot of young players, they are a really good team.
They are going to be hungry, and they have an opportunity to get the job done.
The new England players have been training with the first team for the past few weeks, and a decision will be made on their captaincy shortly after the first Test against Australia on Sunday in Adelaide.